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Edinboro 2012 NCAA finalist Chris Honeycutt holds onto UPC middleweight title

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Chris Honeycutt, 2012 NCAA finalist for Edinboro University wrestling, retained his Up & Comers Unlimited middleweight championship Saturday night, according to a post at his Facebook page.

Honeycutt scored a TKO at 2:38 of the first round over John Brock in the 185-pound co-main event at UPC 18 at Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage, Calif. It was Honeycutt’s first defense of the title he won in July 2012.

With the win, Honeycutt is now 4-0 in his one-year-old MMA career, while Brock falls to 5-2.

Honeycutt announced his intention to compete in mixed martial arts the night before his 197-pound title match at the 2012 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, which he lost to Cornell’s Cam Simaz, 7-5.

Before entering MMA competition in Jan. 2013, Honeycutt crafted a successful amateur wrestling career. While at Edinboro University in western Pennsylvania, Honeycutt earned NCAA All-American honors as a 2012 NCAA finalist, and by placing fifth in the 184-pound weight class at the 2011 NCAAs. He was also a two-time EWL (Eastern Wrestling League) champ in 2009 and 2011.

Prior to wrestling at Edinboro, Honeycutt won high school state titles in his home state of Massachusetts and in Ohio, wrestling for nationally-ranked prep powerhouse Lakewood St. Edward High School in suburban Cleveland (alma mater to Lance Palmer, former Ohio State All-American who won the Resurrection Fighting Alliance featherweight title in June and wrestled at Agon I: The Revolution wrestling event in Las Vegas in November.)

About the photo: The two combatants for the middleweight title at UPC 18. On the left, challenger John Brock... on the right, champ Chris Honeycutt.

Want to see more of Chris Honeycutt? Check out match video from his Facebook page showing the match.

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